Pupil gives birth at school

2012-08-03 11:48

Durban - A teenager who concealed her pregnancy from teachers was unable to hide her secret any longer when she went into labour and gave birth at her school.

The 17-year-old Grade 11 pupil delivered a healthy baby at Marburg Secondary School on Monday, two months short of her full term.

Education officials were unable to confirm the baby’s gender.

Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the infant was born in the school’s sick bay.

Labour pains

The young mother, who cannot be identified because she is a minor, suffered with labour pains throughout the day until after school when she could bear the agony no longer.

Mlotshwa said a fellow pupil saw her in distress and alerted the principal, Salim Vallee.

He immediately called for a state ambulance, which failed to arrive.

“Mr Vallee then called a doctor and the pupil gave birth in sick bay,” said Mlotshwa.

The doctor was in attendance during birth.

Mlotshwa said the pupil did not tell teachers she was pregnant and she showed no signs of carrying a baby.

He confirmed that mother and baby were both healthy and doing well.

“Standard procedure is that the pregnant pupil must not be expelled from school.

“She must be allowed to attend until it’s not safe for her and the unborn baby to do so,” said Mlotshwa.

Teenage pregnancy

There were campaigns in place, such as My Life, My Future, which aimed to help schoolchildren with complex issues like pregnancy.

“We also have life orientation as a learning area, where learners are taught about life skills, including sexual behaviour.”

Teenage pregnancy has been taken up by Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo as a focus area for his department.

The MEC has spoken out at public events this year, calling for a substantial reduction in the number of pregnant teenagers.

“I believe that we need to substantially reduce the rate of pregnancy among 16-to-19-year-olds and that there are ways to achieve this goal within five to 10 years,” Dhlomo said at New Year while visiting new mothers in the province.

He cited two major reasons for this focus: the first being the risk of teenagers contracting HIV and other STDs, and the other being the danger for young mothers of succumbing to complications while giving birth.

Requests for an explanation on why the ambulance failed to arrive went unanswered.

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-03 11:55

    only god can save our people.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-03 11:59

      Wonder if the kid's books will be there when she's 6?

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-03 12:26

      the solution is simple. Think Chinese, you are allowed one child only, you break this law / rule then you will be neutered so that you cannot reproduce. Feenesh and klaar.

      michael.moets - 2012-08-03 12:44

      Then we are doomed

      carpejugulim - 2012-08-03 12:51

      She isn't the first one to conceal a pregnancy until it is too late and sadly she won't be the last either

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 14:13

      'only god can save our people.' Not really, the voters can but they don't want to.

      Junebugg - 2012-08-03 14:14

      Looks like the poor you are the more fertile you are, How come we have never heard "Pupil gives birth at Crawford college"???..Either Grade 8 Biology teachers are not doing their job or people are just stupid out there..didnt we learn the reproductive system in Standard 6??? so why are these morons still getting pregnant?

      moss.nteo - 2012-08-03 16:37

      @junebugg.kinte, those from rich families can afford abortion thats why you don't hear of such pregnancies. and I don't think we should blame teachers when these kids indulge in unprotected sex, these kids and their own parents must deal with it.

      shjdfhkj.dghdkd - 2012-08-04 16:29

      He doesn't want to

  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-08-03 11:58

    so everyone thought she fat?? and not pregnant? every slow teachers

      moss.nteo - 2012-08-03 16:28

      you cannot blame teachers for that, they are not nurses and doctors. their job is to teach not to smell if someone is pregnant or not.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-08-03 20:37

      @moss, they not very good at teaching either? Part of their job is to ensure that they get to know their students as individuals. How else can you teach effectively if you dont build relationships with your students??? Something is wrong if no one suspected this and took action.......

  • ambauli - 2012-08-03 12:02

    She showed no signs until she gave birth? How fat is this girl?

      thandazab - 2012-08-03 13:50

      Lol don't be mean. I know of someone who only started showing at 7 months n she wasn't fat at all.. Remember this girl gave birth at 7 months. N since its winter hiding it would have been pretty easy. Jersey and blazer on top you would never know. Some ppl are blessed with great bodies.

      siann.heidgen - 2012-08-03 15:50

      you stole the words out of my mouth!!!!! lol

  • lulama - 2012-08-03 12:03

    Live biology.

      festivalj - 2012-08-03 12:21


  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 12:03

    I wonder if the parents were elated...Sent her to school with a lunch box and comes home with a baby.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-08-03 12:05

    I honestly think we don't stay in a day and time anymore where age determines if you are 'allowed' to have a baby or not. I mean the legal age for girls to have sex is like 14 or something so baby-making is not to far-fetched. The only downfall though is mothers not being able to take care of their own children and needing financial help from others. Honestly, I don't even get shocked anymore when I hear about teenage mothers.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-08-03 12:16

    That happened at my high school every month

      ec.van.niekerk - 2012-08-03 14:18

      and that make you proud ....?

  • londiem - 2012-08-03 12:18

    Gave birth at school....yha hey!

  • festivalj - 2012-08-03 12:19

    I think we need stratagem of keeping healthy and to be safe from sex activities they should be a subject of orientation {the way to happiness}at our time they used to teach us about those events where happening during our school time that we know what we are facing mostly and other thing the nurses and doctors they use to come visit our school for check up on our health why all stopped because of black government lets go back to that system everything will get to be normal again

  • nomcebo.dlamini.90 - 2012-08-03 12:20

    i wonder what the grandparents would name the child...Sfundo/Lesson, Mvuzo/Outcome, Skole/School, Fihliwe/Hidden i need a follow up story

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 14:14

      Probably Angie, because no one saw this coming.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-08-03 20:40

      They would name him OBE!

  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-08-03 12:26

    fell pregnant waiting for text books

      moss.nteo - 2012-08-03 16:31

      lol Martin

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-03 12:28

    "Education officials were unable to confirm the baby’s gender." Did you look at the crotch or was everyone blind?

      Linda - 2012-08-03 12:40

      they havent reached that part of the curriculum yet because the books havent been delivered!

      moss.nteo - 2012-08-03 16:32

      Maybe they didn't want o talk too much about it.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-03 12:30

    Another one of the president's?

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-03 12:43

    ''name cannot be revealed because she's a minor''....a minor with a baby...damn it she is a parent...

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-03 12:55

    A flipping disgrace! What hope does that poor child have! The most valuable lesson we can teach these kids is to keep their legs closed!!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-03 13:02

      Which child? The mother or the baby? They're both doomed.

      robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-03 15:08

      Both I suppose but more the baby as it had no say into what kind of environment it was to be born in!

      Intelligent Choice - 2012-08-03 15:43

      If the legs are closed for tooo long. You will eventually smell something fishy.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-03 12:59

    Never heard of such a occurance prior 94. What has this counrty became?

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-08-03 13:26

      1. Because it was not news, and happenings in locations were not noticed by the media then. 2. Because she would have been expelled from school - assuming she was found out. In short teenage pregnancy is not a new phenomenon - it now in the open, that is the difference.

      yolanda.roozen - 2012-08-03 13:54

      I matriculated in 82, the year before, we had a pupil who hid her pregnancy, even from her mom. This is not new , maybe more acceptable than it was 30 years ago. As Nosiphom said it is now far more noticable because of the media. Poor girl! It is very sad

      moss.nteo - 2012-08-03 16:44

      Vmeiring, blaming black government wont help, teenage pregnancy has always been a problem even during apartheid. but that stupid government was not transparent thats why you did not hear of such things. Uncles had kids with their nieces and it was kept a secret. nothing new. we are facing a problem here. playing a blame game won't help. think the present not the past. Apartheid system will never rule this land again, just accept and get used to that for your own sake.

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-03 19:58

      What an uneducated, uninformed statement.

  • christopher.pool - 2012-08-03 13:10

    Reminds of the mother who called her grandson diploma. When asked why, she replied I sent my daughter to school to get a diploma, and this is what she came home with.

  • bmntwaphi - 2012-08-03 13:24


  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-08-03 14:16

    Good starting point is to take away the child grant ...

  • mahlogonolo.blessing - 2012-08-03 15:45

    The world we live in hai!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-03 16:05

    I hope she doesnt name that baby 'Education' or some other cultural name that becomes silly when translated to english. It's already bad enough bringing him/her into the world without a proper means...

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-03 19:46

      He monna, ke mosotho, so I am about as qualified in African naming customs as any. I was merely remarking against some Africans tendency to directly translate our names into English - which, granted, may or may not apply in this case. Now kabelo, dont ever call me 'son of a witch' jwalokaha eka ke ngwana wa mmao! I do hope that last bit was clear...

      shjdfhkj.dghdkd - 2012-08-04 16:52

      @kabelo, what happens if you give birth to a child in scooters pizza or KFC, got a translation for that, name your kids real names that have more meaning rather than the place where they dropped out their mothers, is isuzu a nice name for a black child that was born at the back of a bakkie? No go show your discontent at us eurocentric colonisers, by burning all the designer labels your have on. Son of a witch might be a particularly offensive term in your kulcha, but not in ours. Use your brain, or is the outcomes based useless education you wasted your time on, shinning thru

  • kgothatso.freddy.9 - 2012-08-03 23:30

    Teenagers shld not get social grants,then they'l nt go arnd having babies instead of getting educated...

  • kgothatso.freddy.9 - 2012-08-03 23:30

    Teenagers shld not get social grants,then they'l nt go arnd having babies instead of getting educated...

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-04 00:53

    From theory to practical,thn de results

  • liezel.bester.9 - 2012-08-04 13:03

    How could the teachers not notice the pregant scholer???? What is happening to our youth? Pleasure above the interest of an unborn child,who will grow up in poverty! My heart goes out to the unborn!!!

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